Surrealist painter Mike Davis captures mysterious scenes in the style of the Dutch Masters. Davis uses oil paint to create an alternate world where anything is possible, combining arcane personal symbols with social commentary. His vivid, narrative work pulls viewers into dreamscapes where they are soon lost among burning birdhouses, cannon-toting eggs, anthropomorphous insects, and skeletons holding what may be the keys to it all. Will the forlorn subjects who populate his paintings spill their secrets? What happened among the rubble and where are the travelers going? Davis’ tableaus can reveal important parables to the attentive mind, but only if we study well and learn to read his visual poetry.
Mike Davis is a self-taught painter, who renders complex paintings of surrealist life, embedded with symbols of mortality, folly, and hubris, fixated within whimsical compositions. In addition to painting, Mike Davis is a musician and woodworker as well the owner of an internationally-renowned tattoo shop, Everlasting Tattoo. Davis attributes much of his inspiration to watching his mother pursue craft projects during his childhood, and immersing himself in art history throughout his career. Davis has tattooed an extensive list of international and celebrity clientele, and is featured in a number of prestigious private art collections located throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and much of Europe.